Epidemics

This Monday, April 8, 2019 photo shows the headquarters building of UNAIDS in Geneva. Documents obtained by The Associated Press reveal the U.N.’s AIDS agency is grappling with previously unreported allegations of financial and sexual misconduct involving a staffer who went public in 2018 with claims she was sexually assaulted by a top deputy. (AP Photo/Jamey Keaten)
April 15, 2019 - 3:26 am
GENEVA (AP) — A year after claims of sexual assault and harassment rocked the U.N. agency that fights HIV, UNAIDS looked like it might be on the mend. The top deputy facing the allegations had departed, the leader who presided over the troubled institution announced plans to bow out early and...
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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 file photo, a patient undergoes dialysis at a clinic in Sacramento, Calif. Results of a study released on Sunday, April 14, 2019 show that the diabetes drug Invokana has been shown to help prevent or delay worsening of kidney disease, which causes millions of deaths each year and requires hundreds of thousands of people to use dialysis to stay alive. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
April 14, 2019 - 5:08 pm
A new study shows that a drug used to help control blood sugar in people with diabetes also can prevent or slow kidney disease, which causes millions of deaths each year and requires hundreds of thousands of people to use dialysis to stay alive. Doctors say it's hard to overstate the importance of...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept 9, 2018 file photo, a health worker sprays disinfectant on his colleague after working at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, eastern Congo. Top Red Cross official Emanuele Capobianco said Friday April 12, 2019, that he's "more concerned than I have ever been" about the possible regional spread of the Ebola virus in Congo after a recent spike in cases. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro, File)
April 13, 2019 - 5:18 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization has decided that the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Congo is not yet a global health emergency , causing frustration among some health experts. With multiple rebel groups active in the region, wary communities sometimes resisting...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept 9, 2018 file photo, a health worker sprays disinfectant on his colleague after working at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, eastern Congo. Top Red Cross official Emanuele Capobianco said Friday April 12, 2019, that he's "more concerned than I have ever been" about the possible regional spread of the Ebola virus in Congo after a recent spike in cases. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro, File)
April 12, 2019 - 12:07 pm
GENEVA (AP) — The ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency but is of "deep concern," the World Health Organization said Friday. Following a meeting of its expert committee, the U.N. health agency called for efforts to be redoubled to stop the deadly...
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FILE - In this Thursday, March 28, 2019 file photo, an elderly woman is treated for suspected cholera infection at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. Cholera is surging once more in Yemen, with more than 76,000 suspected new cases and 195 deaths in March, double the number in the previous two months, according to U.N. figures. Doctors point to the difficulty in controlling epidemics in a country where infrastructure has been decimated by four years of war. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)
April 05, 2019 - 6:52 am
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Cholera is surging once again in Yemen, with the U.N. reporting that the number of suspected cases has doubled in March over previous months and doctors in overwhelmed health facilities fearing it could rival a 2017 outbreak that spiraled into the world's worst flare-up. The...
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FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy, in Montpelier, Vt. The wealthy family who owns the company that makes OxyContin says Massachusetts got the facts wrong in a lawsuit. Legal papers made public Tuesday, April 2, 2019, represent the first time the Sackler family, who owns the Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma, has responded in court to allegations about its role in the opioid crisis. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
April 02, 2019 - 12:13 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The family that owns the company that makes OxyContin is calling a Massachusetts lawsuit false and misleading in its first court response to allegations that individual family members helped fuel the deadly opioid epidemic. In legal papers made public Tuesday, attorneys for the...
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March 31, 2019 - 5:34 am
BENI, Congo (AP) — Voters who were not given the chance to take part in Congo's presidential election because of the Ebola epidemic and violence cast legislative ballots Sunday amid continuing resentment. Residents in eastern Congo's cities of Beni and Butembo were not included in the January...
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FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2017, file photo, Cincinnati Fire Department medics nasally administer naloxone to a woman while responding to a possible overdose report at a gas station in downtown Cincinnati. As the nation’s opioid crisis has devastated thousands of families, it also has taken a crippling financial toll on cities, small towns and counties around the country. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
March 27, 2019 - 2:44 pm
As the nation's opioid crisis has devastated thousands of families, it also has taken a crippling financial toll on cities, small towns and counties around the country. Packed jails, increased ambulance runs and overworked coroners, sheriff's deputies and public defenders are just some of the...
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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter speaks about a settlement with Purdue Pharma for opioid abuse, as Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences President Dr. Kayse Shrum and OSU President Burns Hargis, right, listen, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin and the company's controlling family agreed Tuesday to pay a groundbreaking $270 million to Oklahoma to settle allegations they helped create the nation's deadly opioid crisis with their aggressive marketing of the powerful painkiller. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)
March 26, 2019 - 1:44 pm
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on Oklahoma's lawsuit against manufacturers of opioid pain medications (all times local): 2:35 p.m. Oklahoma's attorney general says he went to great lengths to ensure that a drugmaker accused of helping to fuel a national opioid crisis doesn't declare bankruptcy to...
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Retired coal miner John Robinson uses a nebulizer during his daily breathing treatments for black lung disease on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 in Coeburn, Va. Robinson was 47 when he was diagnosed with black lung disease, part of a new generation of black lung sufferers who are contracting the deadly disease at younger ages. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan)
March 19, 2019 - 10:48 pm
COEBURN, Va. (AP) — Former coal miner John Robinson's bills for black lung treatments run $4,000 a month, but the federal fund he depends on to help cover them is being drained of money because of inaction by Congress and the Trump administration. Amid the turmoil of the government shutdown this...
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